By in Humor

I Am Ship-shape

Have you or your house ever been described as ‘ship-shape'? The phrase derives from ‘ship-shape and Bristol fashion’ as the British port city of Bristol was regarded as highly beautiful, efficient and clean in its handling of heavy sea-going traffic in the eighteenth century.

If a house is ship-shape it is very neat and tidy – everything is stowed away where it belongs. A ship-shaped person is orderly, neat and well composed.

If I am ship-shaped it is the shape of the Titanic after the iceberg incident; split in two, sinking deep, with everything scattered and broken, with a state of inner panic. My inner band plays on with the soothing calming melodies of thrash metal. My ordered world is turning to flotsam & detritus as I plunge to the depths of oblivion.

I’d like to be Star-Ship enterprise shaped please.

Arthur Chappell

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carolyn wrote on January 20, 2015, 4:58 AM

Yes, this is a funny saying isn`t it, comparing people to ships.

valmnz wrote on January 20, 2015, 5:09 AM

I've always thought of a person being in ship shape condition meaning they were in good health. However, rather than a ship I'm probably a hard to steer rowing boat!

bestwriter wrote on January 20, 2015, 7:09 AM

I used to be particular in the good old days but these days I am a bit lenient with myself.


MegL wrote on January 20, 2015, 7:30 AM

I wouldn't mind being the Star Ship Enterprise either!

BodieMor wrote on January 22, 2015, 2:41 AM

I will go with Star Ship Enterprise shape as well, thank you...